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South Peace B2B Expo

Community Futures Peace Liard is pleased to announce that the second annual South Peace B2B Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek!  The Business Expo has been developed to reconnect our South Peace business operators with one another, to examine the potential of new opportunities that may be available by networking locally, and to provide the opportunity for business operators to share their current business offerings with others.

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7:30 Open Registration
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks & Introduction
Business Introductions – Speed Dating
8:45 – 10:45 Building Networks that Achieve Amazing Results
Paul Wiest Cornerstone Consulting
10:45 – 11:00 Network Break
11:00 – 12:30 Building Networks that Achieve Amazing Results Continued
12:30 – 1:30 Networking Luncheon
1:45 – 2:15 PRRD Area Directors & Mayors Panel
2:15 – 4:15 Keynote Speaker Dragon’s Den Manjit Minhas
4:15 – 5:30 Business Networking Reception
5:30 Event Concluded


Manjit Minhas

It’s time to demolish outdated stereotypes in business—one boardroom, or brewery, at a time.


Named as one of the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, the 32-year-old mother says the secret to her success is that “[her and her brother] don’t think like everybody else. We go by our gut, more than by a textbook.” She teaches this business lesson, among many others, in her riveting keynote talks, empowering both men and women of all ages, in any industry, to take control of their businesses. Starting her journey as a 19-year-old student with a dream, Minhas has transformed her vision into a thriving business. Her natural talent for identifying market gaps (such as the creation of the Uptown Girl line of beers geared specifically to women wanting low carb options) and down-to-earth demeanour has allowed her to succeed in a highly competitive industry—and inspire those with similar dreams to reach their goals.

Building Networks that Achieve Amazing Results

This highly interactive session illustrates the fundamentals for building high performance networks in the world of business. It will illustrate the power of collaboration through experiential learning and provokes thought and “conversations” about the potential that can be gained by collaborating.

The session is designed to assist businesses to explore ways that lead to effective networks through collaboration. It will also provide participants with insights as to how they might be able to enhance their workplace to achieve amazing results.

Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants has worked with small to large corporations, social sector agencies and local government across North America.

The Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants Ltd. works to achieve extraordinary results with their clients in the areas of strategy development, project design and implementation, organizational leadership, and business and corporate training. Our approach is to utilize creative and innovative solutions that meet the client’s needs. We have over 25 years of experience working in the fields of leadership, research, analysis, strategic planning, and training. Our client base includes large, international corporations, small business, non-profit, and government.


Paul Gregory Wiest, President Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants Ltd.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia. After receiving his degree Paul worked for the corporate banking sector in Vancouver. For the past 26 years, he has worked in the field of business finance, senior management, corporate leadership, and economic development. Over his career, Paul has facilitated strategic planning processes for organizations such as Community Futures, Credit Unions, Chambers of Commerce, Division of Family Practitioners and private sector organizations.


Performance Results to Date

Community Futures is a program that supports community economic development and builds the capacity of communities to realize their full sustainable potential.  The purpose of the CF Program is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems.

Here are some results from our projects and loans that we reported to our funder, Western Economic Diversification Canada:

CF Performance Reporting 2016 – 2017

CF Performance Reporting 2015 – 2016


2016 South Peace Business to Business Expo

The first South Peace Business to Business Expo, held October 12, 2016 at the EnCana Events Centre, was a huge success!  A big thank you to all sponsors and participants for supporting our event.  Please click on the link below to complete a short survey to assist us in planning for next year – we want to hear from you!



Click on the links below for the Presentations from the B2B Expo.

The Local Economy Solution – Michael H. Shuman

Site C Update – BC Hydro

Little Prairie Community Forest Presentation – Jeff Beale


News Release

The members of the Province’s new Rural Advisory Council have been announced, and Community Futures Peace Liard’s Sue Kenny has been appointed as one!  Click on the PDF link to learn more about the Council and the other appointed members:

Press Release – Rural Advisory Council Members


Northern BC Magazine

Download the CF Magazine 2016 and see how Community Futures helps entrepreneurs throughout Northern British Columbia!


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